Related: After the quakes, are Japan's nuclear plants safe?
Safer than Three Mile island!!
There were three back up systems for the cooling pumps to the re-actor which had shut down properly.
1) Offsite electrical supply independent of the plant.
2) Diesel generators to Supply electricity to the pumps.
3) Batteries to cover in case 1&2 failed unfortunately limited to 6-12 hours. maximum.Problem 1&2 did fail.
4) I would asume the Japanese Army will be hotfooting it in there with diesel generators and fuel if needed and only when the cooling is completely & properly controlled will the Authorities, Power plant operators, or Government say anything definitive.
Very Japanese style, over state the problem, and undestate what you are doing, until it works or is fixed.!!
Air currents travel from Asia to the US west coast. If there is a radioactive leak in Japan, how long will it take to reach the US? I live in California, and feel vulnerable.
How far into the US mainland would the danger extend?
can someone tell me what will actually happen if there is a nuclear meltdown?
Early today there were reports that Hillary Clinton had announced that the U.S. was sending emergency coolant to Japan because of this very situation. The news announcement was abruptly withdrawn. (I think I heard this on MSNBC and your network.) I said then that I thought Mrs. Clinton had told the truth in the first place, but news and/or nuclear energy officials had ordered it to be denied. Was she actually telling the truth?
Coverage of the cooling problem at the Japanese nuclear plant is preposterous. Attempts to make Chernobyl comparisons are ridiculous. Fukushima is a completely different type of system than Chernobyl. A Chernobyl accident in Japan is impossible. Comparison to Three Mile Island makes more sense. Regardless, worse case leaks would not ever hurt anyone. The evacuation is precautionary, but unnecessary.
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